What causes pancolitis?

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Although the exact cause of pancolitis is unknown, there are certain factors that may affect the development of the disease. An abnormal immune system may play a role in causing pancolitis. This immune reaction is caused either by an overreaction to bacteria or a virus, or by an autoimmune attack against itself when nothing harmful is actually there. Things like stress or certain foods may cause symptoms of the disease in some people, but they do not cause the actual disease itself.

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